Milestone

Jan. 10th, 2017 05:59 pm
altivo: Clydesdale Pegasus (pegasus)
[personal profile] altivo
Last July I finally gave in and went to the doctor to ask for help with my blood pressure, which I knew had been too high for some time. Given that several close relatives eventually died of stroke or aneurysm, this seemed like a wise thing to do. I was relieved to learn that my situation is not unusual, age wise, and in fact responded quickly to some increased daily exercise and a mild generic drug taken daily. My readings have been back to "normal" range since some time in August.

At that time I also committed myself to losing some weight, as I have gradually gained quite a lot over the last few years. My goal was to lose at least 50 pounds over a year's time, and continue to lose slowly after that. I've been lucky in that I found it pretty easy to start dropping pounds just by eliminating between meal snacks and adjusting portion sizes. No great privation has been necessary. Keeping track of everything I eat and actually seeing the calories, fats, sugars, etc. add up each day has been enlightening. I thought I knew what I was eating and the nutritional significance and on the whole I was right, but I had failed to realize how seemingly small things can add up quickly.

In any case, I am so far on track to reach that 50 pound weight loss goal by the one year mark. As of today, I am down 27 pounds from where I started. The difference is perhaps not too obvious in appearances, but in terms of how I feel, how well I sleep, and how much energy I have it is already pretty significant. My sister-in-law, who is a nurse practitioner, advises me that it is much better to lose weight gradually than to go on crash diets to drop a lot of it quickly. I find that pretty reassuring.

Fortunately, we don't indulge in fast food restaurants or packaged convenience foods much. Whenever we do, I am reminded quickly of how dismal these can be for one's health. The amount of sodium in a single fast food meal can easily account for a full day's recommended allotment. Sodium (much of it from salt) has a rapid affect on blood pressure and other health issues, including weight gain due to water retention.

Date: 2017-01-11 12:42 am (UTC)
premchaia_pre4: (akari)
From: [personal profile] premchaia_pre4

Best of luck. I've just finally started taking better control of my food habits recently. Six months ago I was in the Cycle of Taco Cabana, but now I have a rice cooker and it's pushed me into being able to get into the Cycle of the Produce Section, even if that's still more refined grain than might be ideal… and from here I might be able to pivot to somewhere good, I hope.

Date: 2017-01-11 01:46 pm (UTC)
moonhare: (Default)
From: [personal profile] moonhare
Reading your twitter food posts I just assumed you were eating 'properly.' ;o)

Everything in moderation. I need to get back into shape as well.

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